Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest

Sponsored by Hollins University, the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is in its fifty-first year. The contest awards prizes for the best poems submitted by girls who are sophomores or juniors in high school or prep school.

What are the prizes?

First place (one winner)
  • Free tuition and housing for the university’s Hollinsummer creative writing program
  • $200 cash prize
  • Publication inĀ Cargoes, Hollins’ award-winning student literary magazine
  • Ten copies of Cargoes
Second place (six winners)
  • $25 cash prize
  • Publication in Cargoes
  • Two copies of Cargoes

What are the requirements?

  • Must be a sophomore or junior girl in high school or preparatory school
  • Students must submit their poem(s) online [Please note: the 2014 contest has ended.]. Students must have a faculty sponsor.
  • No more than two poems by any one student may be submitted (Microsoft Word document only)
  • Please label additional pages with the author’s name, title of poem, and page number
  • Each entry must include the following information:
    • Author’s name
    • Author’s mailing address
    • Author’s phone number and/or email address
    • Year of author’s high school graduation
    • Faculty sponsor’s name and email address
    • Author’s school
    • Address of author’s school
    • Phone number of author’s school

What is the deadline for entries?

October 30, 2014 (The contest has ended.)

Who chooses the winning poems?

Winners are chosen by students and faculty members of the creative writing program at Hollins.

When are winners notified?

Late February

Who was Nancy Thorp?

Nancy Thorp, Hollins class of 1960, was a young poet who showed great promise when she was a student. Following her death in 1962, her family established the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest to encourage the work of young poets.